Environmental Conservation Initiatives
In addition to direct activities such as the reduction in energy and paper consumption and waste discharge, we are proactively promoting other initiatives taking advantage of our position as a securities company, including offering opportunities to invest in companies taking pro-environmental approaches to business so as to support companies in implementing their environmental initiatives.
Our company has established an environmental policy and is taking environmental considerations into account in its business activities and daily operations.
Handling environmentally conscious products
Through financial products, we actively offer opportunities to invest in companies that take a pro-environmental business approach. In 1999, we started handling the Nikko Eco Fund, the first SRI (Social Responsibility Investment) fund in Japan to introduce a stance on environmental conservation. Since then, we have increased our lineup of environment-related investment trusts.
In February 2010, we commenced handling the SMBC Nikko World Bank Bond Fund. This fund is the world's first fund developed in cooperation with the World Bank to invest in World Bank green bonds. A portion of the profits from this fund are donated to UNICEF and the Japanese Red Cross.
*Green bonds in which this fund invests are a type of bond issued by the World Bank.
Environmental Management Systems
Our company has established an original EMS (Environmental Management System) promotion system * in response to the requirements of ISO 14001, and is operating the system effectively and efficiently.
*In April 2001, our company became the first company in the industry to acquire ISO 14001 certification, the international standard for environmental management systems. Since then, we have maintained our certification through audits by an external organization, but in October 2019, we withdrew our certification and switched to voluntary management. Although we have withdrawn our certification registration, we continue to implement our own EMS to meet the requirements of ISO 14001 and continue to promote environmental activities.